Scott Mann (politician)

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Scott Mann

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Parliamentary Private Secretary
to HM Treasury
In office
16 January 2018 – 16 July 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
ChancellorPhilip Hammond
Preceded bySuella Fernandes
Succeeded byHuw Merriman
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport
In office
26 June 2017 – 16 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Sec. of StateChris Grayling
Preceded byVictoria Prentis
Succeeded byChris Green
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byDan Rogerson
Majority7,200 (14.1%)
Personal details
Born (1977-06-24) 24 June 1977 (age 41)
Wadebridge, Cornwall, England
Political partyConservative
WebsiteOfficial website

Scott Leslie Mann (born 24 June 1977) is a British Conservative politician and former postman. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Cornwall since May 2015. He previously represented the Wadebridge West ward on Cornwall Council between 2009 and 2016.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Mann was born on 24 June 1977 in Wadebridge, Cornwall, where he also grew up. He attended Wadebridge Secondary School. His father had grown up in Bodmin and had a career in boat construction.[2] His mother grew up in St Kew Highway, Cornwall.[3][4]

After leaving school at 16, Mann attended St Austell College before becoming a postman for the Royal Mail and was based at the local sorting office in Wadebridge.[3]

In 2007, Mann was elected as a Conservative councillor for Wadebridge West, serving briefly on the North Cornwall District Council before it was absorbed by the now unitary authority that is Cornwall Council in 2009, when he was re-elected.[5] In 2013, Mann retained his seat as county councillor for Wadebridge West.[6]

In February 2012, Mann resigned as deputy leader of the Conservative group on Cornwall Council in protest at £16 million of public money being used to fund a proposed sports stadium near Truro.[7][8] In 2014, Mann met with Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid in Cornwall to campaign for the continued support for community leisure centres which were at threat of losing funding from the local authority.[9][10]

Member of Parliament (North Cornwall)[edit]

In 2013, Mann was named as the Conservative Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall in the run-up to the 2015 general election.[2]

Mann was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of North Cornwall after winning the seat in the 2015 General Election. Mann received 21,689 votes, beating the previous MP, Dan Rogerson, by 6,621 votes with an approximate 9,000 vote swing. He became the first Conservative MP for the area since 1992, as well as contributing to all six Cornwall constituencies electing Conservative candidates—the first time in over a hundred years.[11] Along with Sarah Newton, MP for Truro & Falmouth, he took his parliamentary oath in the Cornish language.[12][13]

Following his election as an MP he resigned as a Councillor in February 2016, after he had come under pressure to resign for his poor attendance at council meetings.[14] At the subsequent by-election in April 2016, his former seat was won by the Liberal Democrat candidate Karen McHugh.[15]

In November 2015, Mann introduced a Private Member's Bill to give Town and Parish Councils the power to hold community referendums to alter speed limits.[16] The Bill received its second reading in February 2016, but as it was opposed by both the Government and the Opposition, it was subsequently withdrawn.[17]

Mann campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 EU referendum.[18]

In December 2016, Mann was elected (unopposed) to the House of Commons' Environmental Audit Select Committee, a role he served in until May 2017.[19][20]

In June 2017, Mann was re-elected as the MP for North Cornwall following the snap general election, garnering 23,835 votes and a 50.7% share of the vote. His majority also increased to 7,200 votes.[21][circular reference] Mann was subsequently appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for Transport – an un-paid role to assist and support government ministers in the Department for Transport.[22] Following the Cabinet reshuffle in January 2018, Mann was appointed as PPS to HM Treasury.[23]

In July 2018, Mann introduced his second Private Member's Bill – namely the Bathing Waters Bill – to introduce penalties which could be levied against water companies who pump sewage into the sea. During heavy rainfall, sewage is sometimes pumped into the sea through Combined Sewage Overflow systems to reduce pressure on sewage systems.[24]

On 16 July 2018, Mann resigned from his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to HM Treasury in protest at the Prime Minister Theresa May's "watered down" Brexit plan.[25] In September 2018, he agreed with fellow Conservative MP Johnny Mercer that the Prime Minister Theresa May 'could not lead their party into the next general election'.[26]

Mann employs his partner as a part-time Secretary on a salary up to £30,000.[27][28] He was listed in articles in The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian criticising the practice of MPs employing family members, on the lines that it promotes nepotism.[29][30] Although MPs who were first elected in 2017 have been banned from employing family members, the restriction is not retrospective – meaning that Mann's employment of his partner is lawful.[31]

In May 2016, it emerged that Mann was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[32] However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[33]

In March 2017, the Daily Telegraph reported that Mann was one of nine MPs who had claimed Amazon Prime subscriptions on their parliamentary expenses. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, responsible for handling expenses claims, told the paper subscriptions could be claimed but MPs must "justify the subscription is primarily used for parliamentary purposes". He responded that Amazon had refunded him when he took out subscriptions in previous years.[34]

In March 2019, Mann was heavily ridiculed following a tweet in which he suggested that all knives sold in the UK should be fitted with GPS trackers.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Mann lives in Wadebridge and in London.[36][27] He is the honorary vice-president of Wadebridge Cricket Club.[37]

On a summer boat trip in 2016 Mann had to be rescued from drowning by fellow MP Johnny Mercer because he was "ashamed to admit" he could not swim. Writing to raise awareness, he said he endangered his life because he was "afraid to own up to something that [he] considered an embarrassment". He has since taken swimming lessons.[38][39][40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, scottmann.org.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Local Mann stands for parliament", North Cornwall News (magazine); accessed 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "About Scott" – North Cornwall View magazine 2015
  4. ^ Profile, westernmorningnews.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  5. ^ "North Cornwall Council Election Results 1973–2007" (PDF). Plymouth University. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "About Scott", North Cornwall View (magazine); accessed 15 May 2015.
  7. ^ Mann resigns as deputy leader of the Conservative group on Cornwall Council, bbc.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  8. ^ Profile, cornishguardian.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Keep our leisure centres open", cornishguardian.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  10. ^ Cameron: rural communities overlooked, westernmorningnews.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  11. ^ "North Cornwall Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  12. ^ "New MPs Take Oath in Cornish « The Celtic League". Celticleague.net. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  13. ^ "House of Commons". Parliamentlive.tv. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "MP Scott Man to step down as Cornwall councillor". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Wadebridge West Result 2016" (PDF). Cornwall Council.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Read – UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". Blogs.spectator.co.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Scott appointed to Environmental Audit Committee". Scott Mann. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Scott Mann". Parliament UK. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  21. ^ 2017 United Kingdom general election
  22. ^ "Parliamentary Private Secretaries: full list". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  23. ^ "List of Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS): January 2018". GOV.UK. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Bathing Waters – Hansard". Hansard.parliament.uk. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigns from Government role over Brexit". ITV News. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Theresa May 'can't lead us into next election' says influential Tory MP Johnny Mercer". Plymouth Herald. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  27. ^ a b "IPSA". GOV.UK. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  28. ^ "The Register of Members' Financial Interests". GOV.UK. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  29. ^ "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". The Daily Telegraph. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  30. ^ Mason, Rowena (29 June 2015). "Keeping it in the family: new MPs continue to hire relatives as staff". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  31. ^ "MPs banned from employing spouses after election in expenses crackdown". London Evening Standard. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  32. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  33. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  34. ^ "Nine MPs used their parliamentary expenses to fund Amazon Prime subscriptions". The Telegraph. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  35. ^ "Cornwall MP ridiculed over knife GPS tweet". BBC News. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  36. ^ "About Scott". Personal website. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  37. ^ Profile, wadebridge.play-cricket.com; accessed 15 May 2015.
  38. ^ Mann, Scott (18 November 2016). "I Am An Adult, And I Am Unable To Swim". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  39. ^ McCann, Kate (18 November 2016). "Tory MP Johnny Mercer rescued colleague who was afraid to admit he couldn't swim from drowning". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  40. ^ "Non-swimmer North Cornwall MP Scott Mann rescued after trying to swim to shore on Rame Peninsula". Cornwall Live. Local World. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dan Rogerson
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall

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